I’ve been struggling to run this year. Between constant knee issues and lack of time with classes, my ability to run has waned. I could go a couple minutes, but then I was winded or my knee died. I ran over 12-minute miles if I was lucky and couldn’t go past 2.5 miles. Then, I started having asthma issues, which was quite odd since I DON’T HAVE ASTHMA. Well, apparently I do, now. It made running difficult. Heck, it made walking difficult, and something was making it worse: I think I may have been anemic in addition to asthmatic, but who knows. Anyway, I struggled until recently. Over the last few weeks my running has improved to the point that I ran 1 mile in 10:30 (amazing for me since my running spirit is a turtle) and ran most of 5k without walking. Yay!
Bear with me, I’m changing topic slightly, but it will sync back up.
I started watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix a few weeks back. It’s a show I cannot binge watch because it’s just kind of…weird. It’s cute though, and I’m giving it a couple more episodes before I decide to stop or continue. In episode 2, Kimmy tells a boy and, later, a mother that you can stand anything for 10 seconds. If you are doing something you hate, find boring, or is uncomfortable, count to 10. When you reach 10, start counting again. It will get you through anything.
See where this is going?
I started using her advice when the run got difficult (unless I was actually in physical pain). If I was getting tired, I counted to 10 and then started again. And…it worked! Really worked. Leave it to a fictional cult-escapee to get my running back on track. I’m hoping to use this method for other uncomfortable situations, like boot camp, mammograms, blood tests, and girly-doctor visits.